Beekeeping

The Lewes Farmers Market will host a beekeeping demonstration on June 25

The market will celebrate Pollinator Week with a demonstration by Sumner Crosby and the Lewes Beekeeping Club at 10 a.m. This is a great demonstration for children and adults to learn about the life cycle of the bee, how beekeepers care for bees and their hives, and how honey is harvested. Guests can sample local honey under the Stag Run Farm tent.

The market supports the June 16 party, which begins in the park at 1 p.m., after the market closes at noon. The small parking lot with the portable toilets will close to market customers at 10:30 a.m., and there will be no parking on Dupont Avenue between Johnson Avenue and the market entrance.

For this day only, market customers can park in the lot behind the houses on Dupont Avenue by entering at the end of Dupont Avenue.

The summer harvest is now coming in full force. Thirty-two farmers/producers will bring in sweet corn, slicer and cherry tomatoes, blueberries, peas, radicchio, summer squash, kale, bok choy, sugar snap peas, snow peas , broccoli, radishes, carrots, Swiss chard, spinach, arugula, fresh cut asparagus, lettuce, tilapia fish, oysters, live crabs and hand-picked crabmeat, chicken fed to the grass, beef and pork, honey, mushrooms, eggs, yogurt, milk, butter, ice cream, kombucha, jams, fresh breads, fruit pastries from market vendors, herbs, vegetables and flowering plants, bouquets of cut flowers , including sunflowers, etc. The historic Lewes Farmers’ Market is for growers only, so customers can buy directly from the farmer who grew the produce.

Children’s Storytime at the Market, in partnership with the Lewes Public Library, takes place at 10 a.m. Library volunteers read books on agriculture, gardening, nature and healthy eating in the yellow tent near the HLFM information tent.

The HLFM Big Raffle has three stupendous prizes, each worth $1,000: tickets and dinner to Jazz Fest weekend; the Fabu-Lewes-Feast featuring eight $125 restaurant gift cards; and a private three-course chef’s dinner at home with wine pairing for 10 by Chef Sean Corea. Tickets are on sale at the market and the draw is scheduled for September 3. The winner does not need to be present to win.

In case of inclement weather, the market moves to the Lewes Elementary School parking lot at 820 Savannah Road. The Wednesday Market at Crooked Hammock Brewery is open with 10 great farmers from 8am to 11am until September.

The marketplace processes SNAP, WIC, and SFMNP, and continues to match SNAP up to $20 per marketplace, per customer. Customers can come to the SNAP tent to process SNAP/EBT.

The HLFM is continuing its pantry purchase program. Market patrons who wish to help feed the local community can purchase local produce, meat, milk and other foods from market producers to donate to this program every Saturday. At the end of the market, produce and other foods are collected and donated to various pantries, including Epworth Church and Casa San Francisco. The market team thanks customers for their generosity.

The circle in front of the Fred Thomas building at the foot of Dupont Avenue will be open for drop-off and pick-up for people with disabilities. Beebe Hospital generously allows market patrons to park in its outdoor parking lots; go to historiclewesfarmersmarket.org to see parking information and vendors with maps. The weekly Marketplace newsletter lists demos and more. Email info@historiclewesfarmersmarket.org or call 302-644-1436 with a request to be added to the list.